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Hilary Swank: ‘I Had an Academy Award, No Health Insurance’ (Video)

Hilary Swank broke out with her Oscar-winning role in 1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry,” but that doesn’t mean she was covered for prescription medicines to treat breakouts.

Swank revealed on Netflix series “Chelsea” that at 24-years-old she was paid just $3,000 for the independent film. That low sum meant the actresss didn’t even qualify for health insurance, which required a threshold of $5,000 at the time.

“I had an Academy Award, no health insurance,” Swank said.

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Swank then shared another story with dinner party host Chelsea Handler and fellow guests Ava DuVernay, Connie Britton and Miss USA Deshauna Barber — this one was about income inequality.

The “Million Dollar Baby” star recalled a time when an unnamed movie’s male lead was offered $10 million to her $500,000 offer. Swank had two Oscars at the time.

“The male hadn’t had any kind of critical success but he had been in a movie where he was ‘hot,’” Swank said, sharing no other details about the film or actor. “So, I said ‘no,’ and then they went and found a newcomer who did it for $50,000. So they made a savings of 450 to probably give the guy his bonuses.”

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